For those living in the northeast Memorial Day weekend is considered to be the official kick-off to the Summer season, full of sunshine, beach days, outdoor barbecues and more. However, for me and other dedicated “hunters”, what it means to us is the kick off to a different kind of season – yard sales!Photography from www.danspapers.com
In case you plan to do some yard sale sleuthing of your own here are my top five tips:
1. Before hitting the road take time to chart your course. Use websites, newspapers and other sources to discover the weekend’s sales and then plan your route from beginning to end. Otherwise you may find yourself wasting valuable time – and missing more than a few great “finds”.
2. Are you looking for one or more specific items? Make sure then to measure the space for them ahead of time, and always have a tape measure with you. Little is worse than finding that end table, for example, but then missing out on it because you just aren’t sure it will fit in your bedroom, or going ahead and buying it, then discovering it’s “just” a few inches too tall or wide!
3. Use your imagination. Some finds may jump right out at you. However, there are others that result only after you’ve considered the item and come up with some unusual uses for it. Don’t be afraid to use even everyday items in unusual ways and/or in unusual places.
4. Hone those bargaining or negotiating skills. Often sellers deliberately set a price for an item that they know leaves room for some negotiation. Be fair and reasonable, but know there is always pricing “wiggle room” built in. At the same time, don’t be afraid to walk away if the price still doesn’t make sense to you –and you can always give it one more try later.
5, Be prepared. Bring along blankets, towels, bags, old newspapers and any other items that may help you protect your purchases.
Most of all have fun and enjoy the season!
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